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Rock & Ice Climbing

Since the discovery of the pristine Alaska Range, home of North America's highest peak Denali, mountaineers have considered climbing in Alaska to be the pinnacle of one's climbing career. For the rest of us, Alyeska offers a variety of ways to test your own climbing skills with the safety and expertise of local climbing guides. The rugged and unique terrain of the Girdwood valley offers rock climbing just minutes from the Hotel Alyeska. Ice climbing trips take place nearby along the Seward Highway or at Portage. Climbing takes an adventurous spirit, all ages and fitness levels welcome. No previous climbing experience necessary.

All tours listed below can be booked with Alyeska's Concierge Desk: 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.

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Learn to Rock Climb in Alaska

Rock Climbing with Ascending Path is an exhilarating experience that will be sure to be a memorable adventure for everyone. Rock Climbing trips are great for families and people of all abilities and ages. Technically experienced rock climbing guides teach everyone from first-timers to advanced climbers at Tram Rock a few minute walk from the Hotel Alyeska. Non-climbers may watch for free. This a top-roped climbing experience amidst the towering trees of temperate rainforest.

  • Trip is 3 hours
  • Departs: 10AM
  • Meet at the base of Alyeska Tram      
  • Fun for ages 3 to 70+
  • Available May 26 - Sept 16, 2019
  • Your Rock Climbing guide/instructor
  • All climbing gear including: helmet, harness, rock shoes, chalk bag, ropes and hardware
  • Granola bars/snacks and bottled waters
Bear ProtectionThis trip is great for families, groups and solo travelersTrip is weather dependent

Offered by The Ascending Path

Helicopter Ice Climbing & Caves

In partnership with Alpine Air Alaska, Ascending Path offers Heli access guided glacier caves and ice climbs.The Robinson R44 Helicopter has an outstanding safety record, are affordable, quiet and fuel efficient. Rates listed are per person.From the magnificent Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, or in Portage if coming down by the fabulous Alaska Railroad- we group up – and take a short ride in a Sprinter van to our private landing zone in Portage Valley. After a heli safety briefing we hot load for a memorable scenic flight of about 10 minutes one way. Everyone has a window seat!

After landing on glacier ice, and once the heli leaves, we do a safety talk and crampon practice with your skilled and experienced guide. We typically schedule several hours to climb and discover amazing Ice features like: blue ice, crevasses, caves, rushing surface rivers, tubes, moulins, etc. Your guide will lead you to ice walls where a top rope anchor is set up to experience vertical ice climbing. You will finally feel the rush of what it’s like to be Spiderman when scaling ice walls. And then there’s the ice caves….! This trip is suitable for ages 13 and older.

  • This trip is 6 hours
  • Available YEAR ROUND
  • Departs at 12PM
  • Round trip helicopter flight from Portage to Spencer or Lake George Glacier
  • 20 miles of flying! About 1 mile walking on Ice
  • World-class mountain/glacier ice instructor
  • Small ratios (max: 5:1)
  • Real time satellite tracking and communication device
  • Deli boxed lunch, bottled waters, granola bars/snacks
Crampons, harness, helmets and rain gear, if neededInterpretative glaciology, ecology and natural history discussions
  • Ice Climbers are provided: ice climbing axes, plastic mountaineering boots, ropes and hardware for top roped climbing.
  • Top roped glacier ice climbing experience on ice walls.
No experience is necessary. This trip should be considered a “moderate activity”. We recommend that you are capable of a few hours of cardio and/or strength training exercise each day. Previous rock or climbing gym experience is recommended.
  • Trips are weather dependent
  • Roughly 2 hours spent on the glacier
  • Seat weight limit is 250 lbs per passenger
Offered by The Ascending Path

Call the Alyeska Concierge Desk at 907-754-2108. The Concierge Desk is located next to the Front Desk at The Hotel Alyeska.